Nancy Van Tine

Nancy Van Tine

Burns & Levinson LLP

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Ashley Madison: Karma Strikes

Our barn cat, Ashley, is shocked and appalled. Hi there, Well, cheaters beware! Last week I posted on the Ashley Madison hack. The hackers were largely silent for about a month after they went into Ashley Madison’s database...more

8/19/2015 - Ashley Madison Data Breach Hackers Personally Identifiable Information

Ashley Madison: Adultery in the Age of Technology

Hi there, I decided this would be an apt post in the middle of CiCi’s miniseries on the The 7 Deadly (Tech) Sins of Divorce. There’s a huge scandal right now revolving around precisely what you shouldn’t do BEFORE...more

8/17/2015 - Data Breach Divorce Websites

Divorce Across State Lines

Hi there, Lots of us live on or close to the Massachusetts/Rhode Island state border. We don’t even think about it as we cross back and forth. But when you’re involved in a divorce and one of you moves to the other...more

7/31/2015 - Child Custody

Appeals: Not All Courts Are Created Equal

Hi there, I hope you are all staying cool. It’s brutal out there today! The court system is hierarchical. Each court has authority to render judgments and decisions but until you hit the Supreme Judicial Court,...more

7/22/2015 - Appeals Family Courts

What Is a Deposition?

Hi there, A deposition is a tool that lawyers use to get information from witnesses or from the other side. It’s one of the most effective tools the lawyers have, both to find out what has really gone on and to discover...more

7/17/2015 - Depositions

Summer Coparenting Help

Hi there, I hope you all had as good a Fourth of July weekend as I did! My weekend was filled with family, horses and some extreme gardening. Just coordinating the activities of an intact three-generation family is...more

7/7/2015 - Co-Parenting

Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage!

Hi there, There have been rumors for months that the SJC was going to make a final decision about how America will handle gay marriage. As of today, I’m thrilled to report that gay marriage is now the law of the...more

6/29/2015 - Fourteenth Amendment Marriage Marriage Equality Obergefell v. Hodges Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS

Parental Right to Spank Upheld

Hi there, As a parent and grandparent I have long felt it was a necessary right of parents to swat their kids on the behind occasionally. Swift justice often makes the most impact....more

6/26/2015 - Discipline Parental Rights

Caitlyn Jenner Opens the Discussion on Transgender Issues

Hi there, It’s a rainy Monday, and Caitlyn Jenner is all over the place. (As an aside I have to confess to owning two goats named Kim and Khloe, after the Kardashian girls.) While she was a very good looking man, she...more

6/3/2015 - Caitlyn Jenner Child Custody Divorce Transgender

Paltrow Isn’t Divorcing, She’s “Conscious Uncoupling”

Hi there, My clever coworker, Abigail Munafo, pointed out to me today that I have a category entitled “Celebrity Trash,” and I haven’t posted to it in a while. So, it was extremely timely to read that Gwyneth Paltrow...more

4/23/2015 - Celebrities Divorce Parenting Plans

Divorce Papers Served Via Facebook

Hi there, The internet is abuzz with news that a woman successfully served her soon-to-be-ex husband divorce papers via Facebook. “Service of process,” also known as “serving divorce papers,” is one of those...more

4/9/2015 - Divorce Facebook Service of Process Social Media

Start your new life!

A friend recently sent me a quote. I love it because it’s so hopeful. February and March are historically a very busy time for new divorce filings. In general, divorce attorneys see a lot of new clients in the first quarter...more

3/30/2015 - Divorce

Six School Vacation Week Tips for Co-Parents

Hi there, Spring vacation is almost here for many private schools and April vacation is just around the corner. Whether you’re taking the kids on vacation by yourself for the first time or you’re going to be the parent...more

3/12/2015 - Holidays Minors

3 Cases That Significantly Impact Alimony Law

Hi there, As promised, here is an in-depth explanation of the new decisions from the Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) on the Alimony Reform Act, by my talented and knowledgeable partner, Robin Lynch Nardone....more

2/4/2015 - Alimony Divorce

Breaking News on Alimony Law!

The Supreme Judicial Court has just rendered its decision on the modification of judgements on alimony for cases that predate the Alimony Reform Act. Decisions on three cases, Chin v. Merriot (SJC 11715), Rodman v. Rodman...more

2/2/2015 - Alimony Divorce

Holidays with a Narcissist

Hi there, ‘Tis the season for holiday parties, and it’s my belief that narcissists are overly prevalent at parties. They provide a great opportunity for a narcissist to show off and shine. Behind the scenes,...more

12/10/2014 - Divorce

Ha! Are You Ready for the Holidays?

Hi there, Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all have a safe and fun holiday. Even though Christmas décor has been up for weeks, I’m just beginning to coordinate Christmas shopping for my grandkids with their...more

12/1/2014 - Holidays Internet Retailers Mobile Apps Retailers

Updates on Alimony Law

Hi there, I have a few updates on what is happening in three cases that are testing the limits of the Alimony Reform Act....more

11/11/2014 - Alimony Divorce

First SJC Clarification of the New Alimony Reform Act

With the coming of spring comes a fresh interpretation of some relatively new legislation that has been closely watched by attorneys around Massachusetts. Any new law will require interpretation by the courts, going up...more

4/16/2014 - Alimony Divorce

Update on the Mass. Bill Re: Divorce and Dating

Well, here’s the explanation for all the coverage, mine included, of that loony bill out of Wrentham, MA that would require permission from a judge for a divorcing spouse to have sex with a new partner in their home...more

3/27/2014 - Divorce

Divorcing and Dating: New Mass. Bill Could Kill the Mood

Hi there, The Twitterverse, (one of my favorite time wasters) and the news media in Massachusetts were a buzz yesterday as word spread that a State Senator filed on behalf of one of his constituents a bill that would...more

3/26/2014 - Divorce

College Costs for Divorcing and Divorced Spouses

As attorneys, we frequently get text messages and emails referring us to sensational stories related to our practice area. Last week was no exception, as our inboxes were flooded with links to various articles concerning the...more

3/18/2014 - Divorce

Imputed Income and Health Insurance in Divorce Settlements, Part 2

With most Massachusetts health insurance plans, provided he/she has not yet remarried, an employee with at least one dependent child can add a former spouse to the coverage for no additional cost, so there is no additional...more

3/10/2014 - Divorce Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare Premiums

Who Knows Best? When Parental Authority is Revoked

Can you imagine bringing your child to an esteemed children’s hospital for care and medical treatment, only to have your child taken away from you and placed into state custody? Well, that was and is the reality of Justina...more

3/5/2014 - Child Custody Parental Rights

Another Tax Trap: Imputed Income in Divorce Settlements, Part 1

April 15th is creeping up on us. I find doing my taxes while its snowing, AGAIN, a real insult. This week and next week’s post were written by my terrific colleagues, Ron Barriere and Jen Green. They highlight a tricky...more

3/3/2014 - Deadlines Divorce Healthcare Income Taxes IRS

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